Thursday, March 5, 2015

Dry? Damaged? Itchy?

Winter Skin Solutions

It's yet another chilly Winter day in Maryland so I decided to share with you some products, tips, and tricks that I use during the dry months!

Here are the product descriptions from Left to Right and what I use them for:

Vitamin E Stick - This stick is perfect for moisturizing any area that feels or looks dry, it will also protect you from harsh winds, so it's perfect for those days out on the slopes! I love it on my lips after a good lip scrub and also fancy using it under my eyes. Not only does it moisturize, but it fights wrinkles by keeping the skin softer and of course, supplying it with Vitamin E! Before I found this stick, I was cutting open liquid Vitamin E and applying the gel to my face that way... needless to say, this stick has made things a lot less messy and a lot more convenient! You can find this for about $3 at Ulta in the skin care section!
Sally Hansen Extra Strength Creme Hair Bleach- The two boxes I have are for face and body... I know, I know, you're probably thinking "Dang, she must be a hairy beast!" and hey... if you're a mutt like me, and your lovely summer tan fades to a pasty white in the winter, and your gorgeous sun bleached body hair turns back to dark brown... you've probably tried multiple methods to keep from looking like a wildebeest. The bleach works great for me, mostly because it evens everything out. Plucking and shaving and waxing leave you worrying or wondering about any hairs you've missed! Bleaching takes 5 minutes, is painless and you just paint it on wherever you want it. I'm allergic to most waxes, I have sensitive skin and am susceptible to razor burn, and I tweeze when possible... but for some reason bleach just seems the easiest to me. I will note however, that the bigger box (face and body) came with a pre-conditioner that I had a bad reaction to... so, I just use the bleach mix, it doesn't hurt and it's easy to mix and slather on. This too can be found at Ulta and most stores for $4-$7. BYE BYE random black hairs that haunt my dreams!!
UP&UP Unscented Body wash- This soap is unscented, and I know that might seem boring, but really, it's a good thing! Often times in the dryer months, your skin can become more sensitive to fragrance! My skin can't handle it, as I overproduce Keratin and get weird bumps everywhere- so, I opt for this body wash as it is a generic version of Aveeno Skin Relief Body Wash. Rich later, leaves me feeling clean but moisturized, and is only about $4 for a big ole' bottle at Target!
Biore Charcoal Pore Minimizer- This new exfoliate helps eliminate the appearance of pores while providing a deep clean with natural charcoal! I love Dark Angels by LUSH, but Biore has always had some real great pore targeting products, so I had to give it a shot! First off, the packaging is great, as you just pump once and have enough soap for your whole face. Using this 2-3 times a week keeps dry skin away and allows for a deep cleaning, clearing any moisturizer or makeup build up from what you may have packed on! I use my Clarisonic Mia with a dab of the above unscented body wash on days where I don't use this product, using both really makes my skin healthy and happy! Found at most stores for $6

What products do you use to help you get by?! 

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